ASUS Unveils 1080p, Ivy Bridge-Powered Zenbook Prime UX31A and UX21A

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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A

If you didn't fall in love at first sight with the ASUS Zenbook UX31/21, ASUS is hoping to win your heart with its next-generation line of Zenbooks, the 13-inch Zenbook Prime UX31A and 11-inch UX21A. Shown off for the first time yesterday in Taiwan, the Zenbook Primes have the same exact design as their predecessors, but feature Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge platform CPUs, backlit keyboards, and 1920 x 1080 IPS screens. 

An ASUS rep told Engadget Chinese that the Zenbook Prime UX31A and UX21A would launch in Taiwan in June, but could not say when other countries would see the new Ultrabooks. There's no word on pricing or other specs. 

If ASUS sticks with 1920 x 1080 IPS displays on the Primes, it will be one of the only notebook vendors to embrace such a high resolution on such small screens. Sony has sold a high-end configuration of the  13-inch VAIO Z with a full HD screen, but competitors have been reluctant to offer that kind of pixel density. We wouldn't be surprised if the the 1920 x 1080 resolution screen is not standard on all Zenbook Primes or  if it is only available on the larger UX31A.

via Netbook News and Engadget Chinese


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  • Peter Says:

    Keys are black probably because they are backlit for better contrast.

  • Josh Says:

    Why no 8gb ram?

    I'd like to see a 512gb ssd model.

    I prefer the look of the silver keys on the gen 1 models, not sure why they changed it to black.

  • Jordan Says:

    PLEASE tell me that these new Zenbook Prime models will have a webcam with a higher resolution than 0.3mp. I swear, had the first zenbook had a 1.3mp webcam or better, I would have bought one on their release day!
    This would be the ultrabook of choice IF the webcams res was higher.

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